Latest news – launch of questionnaires
Are you a disabled person, or someone with a long-term medical condition working in, aspiring to work in (e.g. in training), or retired from the legal profession? If so, this research is for you.
We are pleased to launch the next stage of the research with two questionnaires: one for disabled people training for or working as Barristers and a second for disabled people training for or working as solicitors or paralegals. This also includes those who have since left these roles in the profession.
The new deadline for response is 23rd July 2019.
A separate questionnaire for solicitors and paralegals is also available. This is due to the different qualification routes and workplace experiences.
The deadline for response has now passed.
If you are unsure as to which is best suited for you, please contact Dr Natasha Hirst on HirstN2@cardiff.ac.uk
Interview stage complete
Following a successful series of focus groups and over 55 one-to-one interviews, we are delighted to update you on the progress of the research.
Eight focus groups took place early in 2018 in London, Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham with disabled legal professionals including para-legals, solicitors, barristers, judges, trainees and retirees.
We recently completed the second stage of the project – one to one interviews. These explored individual experiences in more depth. We are currently finalising the analysis of the interviews to draw out the key research themes.
The report on the initial findings of the research is being drafted. Questionnaires are currently being disseminated as widely as possible to identify how common certain experiences are for disabled legal professionals.
Future reports, events and talks will be scheduled to disseminate the findings of the research. The full research timetable can be found here.
A Research Reference Group consisting of disabled legal professionals from a diversity of backgrounds have supported us with the ongoing development and implementation of the project.
Thank you to all who have taken part in the interviews and focus groups. Many more have expressed an interest in being involved in other ways. If you haven’t already been in touch and you’d like to be involved, you can reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take a look around the website to find out how you can participate and follow the progress of the work.
Groundbreaking new research
September 2017 marked the launch of an exciting new research project, “Legally Disabled? The career experiences of disabled people in the legal profession in England & Wales: developing future strategies.”
Prof. Debbie Foster of Cardiff University and independent researcher and photojournalist Dr Natasha Hirst will be undertaking this research, the first of it’s kind. The Lawyers with Disabilities Division (Law Society) have been key partners in the development of the project which aims to co-produce research with disabled legal professionals. We are continuing to seek the involvement of other groups across the legal profession.
Funded by the Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) programme, the research will be investigating the barriers and solutions for disabled people across the legal profession.